There is great irony in the article “Take a real look at the face of poverty” (Leonard Pitts Jr., The Olympian, April 3). Pitts criticizes those who promote the values of cultural and community responsibility and hard work ethics. Then he portrays a woman in poverty as the victim as she locked her toddler and infant in a car on a hot summer day prior to a job interview because no one in her community could look after her children for a short time.
Twenty years ago, I faced a similar situation. My toddler’s caregiver got sick prior to my job interview. I chose differently and boldly brought my toddler with his favorite toy in with me and explained my situation. The interviewers observed how I responded to their questions and also responsibly managed my fussing toddler. I got the job!
Dare to be responsible for your decisions and actions, with no excuses, regardless of any unfortunate circumstances. The real victims are innocent children such as those neglected, abandoned by parents, or irresponsibly locked in a car to bake. Buying into Pitts’ drama over pundits’ remarks is self-defeating and deflects the unfortunate reality and circumstances of poverty. Instead, help break the cycle of poverty and subscribe only to what comedian Bill Cosby and those like him have advocated for years, by fostering cultural responsibility in our communities, family values and work ethics, and by challenging us all to look after and inspire each other.